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the left or from democrats in washington toward the administration just saying, hey, look, don't fall for this trap of nominating susan rice because you have to? get somebody that agrees more? >> susan rice is very well respected, and i know a lot of progressives wanted her to be a spokesperson because they thought she was effective. susan rice is known as the conscience of the administration when it comes to human rights. se favors a muscular intervention diplomacy and is probably more willing to intervene on human rights issues than john kerry would be. john kerry, if he were nominated for secretary of state, would probably have an easier time through the senate, especially now, but also because the senators there are his colleagues. >> amanda, thanks very much. see you soon. >> thank you. >> this hour the president meets with mexico's president-elect, and they're taking immigration. could we be on the verge of major reform? the spin cycle is next, and we roll on for tuesday, november 27th. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie sou
in washington. i think that's the main one. every night when congress was in session, jefferson would have lawmakers down to dinner. he didn't mix parties. he wasn't looking for that. emted to weave attachments to himself. he had all federalists and republicans. it worked in the sense that he became harder to caricature and to demonize because he had folks who felt some sense of social connection to him. not saying that that translates into a vote for him every time, but the more you know someone, the easier it is to possibly give them the benefit of the doubt in a tight vote. >> so, okay, let's talk about the slavery piece, because it's a major part of what historians are arguing about, jefferson going forward. fights throughout his life against slavery before he becames the president and while he's the president, yet, he owned 600 slaved throughout his life, and he knew -- he talked about that slavery is kcorrosiv for master and slave. a lot don't understand how it's corrosive for the slave owner. how do we reconcile the things. how did slave owning corrode him as well? >> you don't reco
basement dwellers. if politics is basketball, who would be the washington wizards? >> as you can tell we didn't win the powerball last night unfortunately. but today's show is a slam dunk. let's start the shot clock. >>> for all of you who loved my thursday political baseball metaphors during the presidential election, i've got some great news for you. with the month long debate now set for all of december on the so-called fiscal cliff, and with congress and the president probably waiting till the last minute, we now have basketball thursdays here on "the cycle." score! a tip of the jersey to hall of fame coach steve smith of north carolina. with all the talk and posturing going on, mr. director, do you have our fancy animation on this? he says it's not ready yet. >> why not? >> we'll go back to our preseason graphic. we're calling this, depending on how we feel that day, either the fiscal cliff. boo. the fiscal slope. hmm. the fiscal fiesta, my personal favorite. or the fiscal follies. this is from the boston celtics' game last night. celtic big man kevin garnett was fouled by brooklyn
things going on in washington and colorado. generally people in the media laugh as if they just smoked a joint when we talk about marijuana, but this is a serious part of ending the war on drugs. but the federal government has to get involved. it's not a state by state thing. what's the likelihood of congress taking up seriously the idea of marijuana reform and legalization? >> that's very little aps in the presidential leadership. this has to be something that the president pushes. because democratic leaders here are still a little skiddish about this issue, even if it's picking up some support in key states. republican leaders certainly are not anywhere near that point. that's whey rand paul has floated an idea that could potentially get some support. the idea of eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for folks who are first time offenders and those who possess marijuana. even that getting through is a hurdle given the political climate here. really it's going to come down to whether or not that leaders in congress want to do it. whether or not the president wants to stake political
. now that the elections are over, will washington do anything or will the town always on break continue to object structure, politicize and, of course, our favorite phrase kick that can down the road? the new washington is basically the same z the one before the election. the president is still obama, the senate is still solidly democratic and the house is republican, albeit by a small erma jort. three people in charge had this to say after the election. >> tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. >> mr. president, this is your moment. we're ready to be led. not as democrats or republicans but americans. >> it's better to dance than to fight. it's better to work together. everything doesn't have to be a fight. >> i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. >> because the american people expect us to find common ground, we're willing to accept additional revenues via tax reform. >> legislation is the art of compromising and consensus building. >> despite all the frustrations of washington, i'
washington. instead of bills both parties are passing political spin. a gop political phrase like common ground and balanced approach. then there's the always popular promise to stop any job killing small business tax hikes. got to love that one. meantime democrats continue to announce tax hikes. tomorrow senator dick durbin will bill what's major address to lay out the progressive case for a bipartisan deal and later this week the second white house meeting with meetings from both sides of the aisle. joining us is our post tag team bill russert and bloomberg's stephanie ruhle. she rules. unwrap that for us, brother. >> well, they would say the good news is that there has been some movement from senate republicans on the issue of raising taxes. lindsey graham, saxby chambless talking about a tax revenue. medicare, medicaid, perhaps we could have some meaningful entitlement reform. that's the good news, that there seems to be this idea that we can work out a big partisan deal. we both know taxes going up. entitlement, benefits going down. however, when we get into the bad news is t
, so to speak. washington is transfixed by two things. the white house debt talks, part of the larger negotiations about the fiscal slope, and the general petraeus testimony about benghazi. all the good stuff happening hundred doll behind closed doors, of course. we start with the white house meetings. the same key players from the past two years are involved, but this time the president has a lot more leverage. he earned political capital in the election. how will he spend it? let's get started. we have all sides of washington covered with mike viqueira at the white house. was any progress made today? >> reporter: they say they wren weren't real nxs per se. it was each side putting up their opening bid. it's clear they want to do something major this year, not just kick the can down the road. of course, they see themselves as having the upper hand. they want to press the political advantage. there will be discussions over the next several days. congress for all intents and purposes and larges part of this city in the beltway empty out over the thanksgiving holiday next week. i'm told
for that. stay safe. jonathan allen, senior washington correspondent for politico joins us now and started writing a new book on hillary clinton and jonathan, obviously, hillary at the heart of when's happened today with this cease-fire but that really hasn't been the case. the tenure as secretary of state coming to an end, hasn't been much engagement on the state department's part on the u.s. government's part in the middle east peace process. i wonder if you have a sense, is that -- is that coming from the white house or did she for these past four years share the view of the white house that sort of disengaging from the process was the right move? >> i would certainly say that the united states foreign policy goals are set by the white house. even if the secretary of state has different goals. they end up doing what the white house wants. so, as far as emphasis around the world, that's something that's coming from the obama administration. and look, the middle east is an area that obviously has been a problem i would say for decades but really for centuries, maybe my len yeah. so that t
very much. >> you got it. >> i want to bring in michael crowley, he's the deputy washington bureau chief. what do you make of the situation? >> well, it's a terrible sad thing. you know, general petraeus is one of the most respected figures in american public life, a guy who gets a lot of credit for turning around the iraq war from what looked like an unsalvageable situation. there is debate among the people that follow this closely about whether he got too much credit, but he has a lot of credit and respect. he's conducted himself in a tremendously dignified way. he's supremely educated, eloquent, smart, and great at what he does. it's a real shame to see a fall from grace from a guy that commanding respect from both sides of the aisle. there was a flurry of talk at one point that mitt romney might choose him as his running mate. the people felt it was far-fetched, but it had democrats nervous. he's had somewhat awkward relationships with the white house because there was some concern he might seek the presidency himself. so for those who thought this guy might have a bright polit
behind the scenes while the rest of washington is gone for the break. we have the chief analyst from moody's analytics. his new book is "paying the price." mark, first to start off with, let's start with kind of the worst case scenario here. let's say there's no deal, we go over the cliff. you know, nobody strikes any deal of any sort. what would happen to the u.s. economy? >> it would be brettpretty bad. it would be a recession. debate as to how bad a recession, but at the very least unemployment which is currently just south of 8% would get back into double digits. it would be debilitating. i is so hard to imagine that the -- it's the reason why we'll get a deal. >> i agree. moody's issued a report saying that budget negotiations during the 2013 legislative session will likely determine the direction of the u.s. government's aaa rating and negative outlook that report talked about the debt ceiling. is the primary concern for moody's more the particulars of a deal that would be struck or congressional dysfunction and an inability for the two sides to find common ground in general? >
, if washington doesn't strike a deal to avoid the sequester cuts january 1st, that fiscal cliff thing, fema will take a $900 million hit. so what does all this mean? nbc's mike viqueira is back at the white house. any word from the white house on this? >> reporter: well, i mean, the short answer to your question, steve, is we don't know. and this may not surprise anybody, but it depends on who the occupant of this building is going to be come january 21st. i mean, there are a couple competing different plans out there. remember, the fiscal year, as you pointed out, always started october the 1st. congress, before leaving town very early to get on the campaign trail, extended one of these continuing resolutions. in other words, they funded the government until the spring at which point they're going to try to come back and do something about it. the president's proposal, his budget proposal, which as everybody knows has not been enacted for a 3% cut to fema, including disaster relief funds. the republican proposal, the nearest thing to it, would pass the house of representatives as represent
of that. we enjoyed the peace for about as long as washington did. there's an unfolding story of the resignation of cia director david petraeus that broke on "the cycle" on monday. when the lame duck congress waddling in tomorrow, there's aa promise of a con sill to her tone. steve, can you fall off a sloef? >> it feels really good, exactly. >> they start to tackle the nation's debt. there's fear of sbimgtsment cuts and, of course, tax reform. the president is packing a he schedule with high profile meetings to try and get something done. tomorrow labor leaders, wednesday business leaders and corporate executives, and friday congress aal leaders from both sides of the aisle. we start with rob cox at reuters breaking news. rob, do you expect compromise or continuing to fight? >> well, i do expect compromise, but remember, the fiscal cliff is one artificial construct cooked up by the congress and the president to basically get us to think about a much bigger problem, which is what you pointed out. entitlement reform and tax reform and all the big issues and putting america into
the market and we know that most people for "the washington post"/pew poll is that most people are afraid a deal won't get done and their fear is baked in the mark. the market hates uncertainty and problemistic and that fear is already there in the pricing. right? so the market is a distillation of future potential and if the market feels something averse will happen it's baked in to the price. people won't wake up and say i'm surprised they won't make a deal. they don't wait to sell off. they're already afraid the deal won't happen and so the market's going down and the leaders of wall street are like, it's okay. we can take it. we want the better deal for the long term and economy short-term dip corrected in the long term in january or february. so, the market abhors uncertainty and can deal with this level of uncertainty and will be a slope-like reaction, not a cliff-like reaction, and the leaders of wall street will help john boehner to make a better deal rather than pressuring him to make a deal that's bad for the economy and the fear that we don't get a deal will lead to getting a d
know, he said washington has to be changed from the outside. you can't do it from the inside and trying to put those words to effect. they have really got the pr campaign going. they started a twitter campaign. they call it my 2 k and you know today it was small businesses from around the country. actually, that's a little bit later. with fix the debt. the coalition of large and small businesses later today. this morning, he met with a lot of middle class folks that written in to the white house at the solicitation of the white house and folks saying they would be adversely affected by the $2,000 and added taxes that would come next year alone for the average family of four if the nation is to go over the fiscal cliff. you know, there was one republican, you talked about the glimmers of hope for a compromise. it's tom cole of oklahoma who was quoted yesterday and this morning saying, you know what? let's go along with the president. you heard the sound bite. the president once again calling for congress to pass a tax cut for everybody making under $250,000 and come back to the rest late
. bush. jeb bush in florida before him. certainly a lot of republican establishment in washington over time. karl rove, ken mellman. others. understood the demographic changes and the republicans need hispanics to be part of the coalition and historic levels of democratic advantage with african-americans without president obama on the ticket perhaps republicans would have a chance to make a little dent there in the future election, as well. you know, those are different groups but in some ways share some of the same issues. some of them anyway. in terms of the economy. one of the thing that is came out of the commit polling last night was many more people felt like president obama understood people coming from their perspective. people felt more that he was doing things for the middle class and as far as romney seen less as a candidate of the middle class. so these are things where the republicans more broadly probably need to message, not just to latinos and african-americans but also to whites in the middle class and lower classes. >> to add to the list, young people made up a larger
look at what's actually going on in washington and add it up that way and not want to punish the republicans for obstruction? >> no. i really can't. when you think about it, the president gets criticized for not reaching across the aisle. what did mitch mcconnell say early on in the first year of president obama's presidency. our number one goal is to make sure barack obama is he's a one term president. he's been faced with resistance by republicans. contrast that to george w. bush. his major initiatives, war in iraq, medicare part d and no child left behind had substantial democratic support. in no child left behind, the leading liberal in the senate ted kennedy joining with president bush to push no child left behind. contrast that to the way the republicans treated barack obama and you see the total hypocrisy of that claim. >> governor, philadelphia aside obama's biggest drop off has been among middle to upper class suburban women. why do you think that is? you know the state. >> because the economy is not doing well. pennsylvania's economy has taken a nose dive since i le
5%. if they can make it work, why can't they make it work in washington? we need more of that to move the country forward. we're still playing by 20th century rules in this country in almost everything we do and we're in the 21st century. what's so striking is we're all in awe of silicon valley and all it produces for us. this transformative technology. what's the mantra of silicon valley? be disruptive. don't be afraid to challenge convention. find new ways to do things. we get excited about that. with our political culture we play by the old rules. >> it's so true. another thing we talked about in this campaign at length is the record number of negative ads, the influx of super-pacs, the fact that the president and mitt romney seem to really have a distaste for one another, and we talk about how nasty this campaign has been overall. is this by historical standards a particularly ugly, nasty campaign, or do we have short memories? >> i think we have short memories. there are a lot of campaign in the past. it was really tough between gore and bush 43, that first one. t
and the white house, he spent too much time on the affordable care act. that poisoned washington, because even though a majority of the american people doesn't want the affordable care act, nonetheless the effort was taken to pass it on a straight party line vote. that poisoned the well. i think the worst of all scenarios is the house stays in republican hands which it's going to. the senate stays in democratic hands and president obama stays in the white house. we haven't gotten any progress on that in the last two years. why do you think it's different in the next two years? by the way, it's likely that the reps take the senate in 2014. so i think you have to be recognizing reality. it's not just who the president is, although that's by far the most important. it's also who controls the house, who controls the senate, and who can get a deal done. >> sounds to me like your plan to reward the mcconnell and boehner strategy of obstructing everything the president wants to do. >> absolutely not. look at the house changes. that's a change. if the senate changes and that's a change and if the whit
with a promise to change washington. i wouldn't say he got much in the way of results when it came to bipartisan. when you look at the stimulus and health care and working with chuck grassley and olympia snow and all the discussions about the grand bargain, he tried to create some bipartisanship. there was an abrupt change after the debt ceiling showdown last year. he's more combat itch since then and more willing to call out republicans on his differences with them. i wonder if he's re-elected tonight do you have a sense which two bahamas we would see in a second term. >> i think in the second term you would see obama the academic. he's always going to be the kind of person who wants to reason with people. he's not combative and he's not very confrontational. that's what you saw in the first debate with mitt romney. he's not that type. i think what you will see and i think you will see this period from congress is there's more willingness for people to come together. now it won't be an issue of let's get him out and make him one term if he wins. let's make him a one-term president. now people w
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